Posts Tagged ‘redemption’

Faith Review – Gran Torino (2008)

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Walt is a retired Korean war veteran and a recent widower. His neighborhood has deteriorated, crime has spread, and Walt is caught in the middle of it, confronted with an Asian gang in the neighborhood. One of teenage boys, seeking initiation in the gang, tries to steel his prized 1972 Gran Torino. Walt thwarts the effort, but eventually comes to help the boy pursue a better path. In this faith review by Jonathan Davis, discussion questions are included, involving themes of forgiveness, reconciliation, race relations, and community.

 

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Faith Review – Letters to God (2010)

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Tyler is an eight-year-old boy with cancer who expresses his faith and hope in letters addressed to God. The letters are mailed daily and make there way to a postman with an addiction to alcohol as a way to numb the pain of his past. In this faith review by Jeff Smith, themes for discussion are highlighted — such as fear, hope, prayer, forgiveness, and redemption.

 

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Letters to God


Faith Review – Courageous (2011)

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When a tragedy strikes close to home, four police officers struggle with their faith and their roles as husbands and fathers; together they make a decision that will change all of their lives. We have two reviews, one by Jonathan Davis and another by Inger Manchester.

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Clips and Lessons – “New Life” and Despicable Me

Despicable Me - New Life

 

We are called to abandon our “futile thinking” and “darkened understanding,” given over to indulgence and without sensitivity (Eph 4:17-19). We are called to a new life, “like God in true righteousness and holiness” (4:24). What factors might help us awaken to the new life that God has given us in Jesus Christ? Explore this theme by observing a clip from Despicable Me where Gru recognizes his selfish ways and moves outside of himself. Included in this lesson are discussion questions, aimed primarily for high school students.

 

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Clips and Lessons – Monsters, Inc. and Apocalypse

Monsters Inc. (2001)

 

The “end of the world as we know it” is a popular topic for speculation, fraught with various “apocalyptic” scenarios. But, “apocalypse” means “unveiling” — the unveiling of God’s kingdom, where love and peace will abound. In this lesson for middle/high school youth, the teacher will guide the students in a discussion of Revelation 21:1-5, using a clip from Monsters, Inc.

 

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